Killeen saved its season Tuesday night.
Behind T.J. Robinson’s 18 points, the Kangaroos earned a 56-49 overtime win over Copperas Cove to even up with the Bulldawgs for the fourth seed in District 8-6A.
But it wasn’t just Killeen’s season that was rescued. The win over Copperas Cove also ensured Harker Heights new life, as the Knights are two games behind both the Kangaroos and Bulldawgs with two to go.
One of those contests will be played tonight, as Harker Heights (12-17, 3-9) will head into unfriendly confines and look to upend Killeen (14-15, 5-7) to make the race for the postseason even more interesting.
Regarding their win over Copperas Cove on Tuesday, Kangaroos head coach Reggie Huggins joked that the Knights did them a favor by edging the Bulldawgs 57-56 last Friday, so they figured they would return the favor.
Now, the two rival schools will face one another in a matchup that will feature two head coaches who have spent a lot of time together on the basketball court.
Huggins was an eighth-grader when Harker Heights head coach Celneque Bobbitt was a star for Killeen as a senior in high school, and Huggins also spent some time as Bobbitt’s assistant for the Knights before taking the helm of the Kangaroos.
“It’s the pupil versus the mentor, I guess you could say,” Huggins quipped Thursday. “Coach Bobbitt is, for me, the best person out there doing it. His kids are going to be ready.